Misrata (Libya): Military commanders in the Libyan city of Misrata said on Saturday that no post-mortem would be carried out on the body of Muammar Gaddafi despite concerns over how the toppled dictator died.
      
Interim leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil said an investigation was being conducted into the circumstances of Gaddafi's killing following his capture, bloodied but still alive, during the fall of his hometown Sirte on Thursday, after several foreign governments and human rights watchdogs posed questions.
      
But the military leadership in Misrata, where Gaddafi's body had been stored in a vegetable market freezer overnight and was again put on display for hundreds of curious onlookers on Saturday, insisted the inquiry would involve no autopsy.
      
"There will be no post-mortem today, nor any day," Misrata military council spokesman Fathi al-Bashaagha said. "No one is going to open up his body."
      
His comments were confirmed by two other Misrata military Chiefs.
      
Bashaagha said that the new regime's military Commander for the capital, Abdelhakim Belhaj, was expected to travel to Misrata later on Saturday to view the corpse of the man who ruled Libya with an iron rod for 42 years.
      
But he said there were no immediate plans for National Transitional Council (NTC) Chief Abdel Jalil to visit.
      
"Abdel Jajil did not come yesterday and is not coming today, and for the moment it is not expected that he will come."


(Agencies)